Cadets set to talk with hams throughout the world aboard submarine
- Contact: Ted Dekker, Amateur Radio Station WJ8F
1970 Burton St. SE, Apt. 40, Grand Rapids, MI
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Cadets set to talk with ham radio operators throughout the world,
aboard submarine U.S.S. Silversides.
On February 22, 2002, members of a Calvinist Cadet Club will
participate in a sleep-over aboard the submarine U.S.S. Silversides
at Muskegon harbor. Among activities planned will be the setup and
operation of an amateur "ham" radio station aboard the famous
War II submarine. The short wave radio station, reminiscent of the
ship's original radio equipment, will provide the cadets an
opportunity to talk to amateur radio operators across the country and
around the world.
The young Cadets, who regularly meet at Plymouth Heights
Christian Reformed Church, in Grand Rapids, will depart the church
premises at 6:30 p.m., and travel to Muskegon Harbor. Among other
activities planned, the cadets will help set up an amateur radio
transceiver and antenna system, and then, by both voice and Morse
code, "go fishing" for contacts around the world. The
help cadets learn toward the earning of a Radio merit badge.
The portable amateur station, licensed by the Federal
Communications Commission, will operate under the call
sign "WJ8F/Maritime-mobile." Long distance radio contacts -
called "DX" by radio hams - are normal via short wave amateur
bands. The station will be a typical example of radio equipment that
enables ham radio operators to assist emergency and relief agencies,
by providing wireless communications on the not uncommon occasions
when normal communications are overloaded, degraded or out of
Although often thought made obsolete by the internet, by
embracing and providing wireless enhancements to the internet,
amateur radio is even more popular, fun and rewarding a hobby than
ever before. There are about 680,000 hams in the U.S., 2.5 million
around the world, and 21,066 in Michigan.
The Calvinist Cadet Corps is an independent (non-
denominational) youth ministry organization whose purpose is to
provide the local church with a ministry program that will enable
them to effectively share Christ's love with boys from their church
and community. Founded in 1952, the Corps has more than 650 clubs
throughout North America. The organization uses the title "Calvinist"
to honor the Protestant reformer, John Calvin, who devoted his life
to the religious education of God's children.